David Dushman

Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner, 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron
Service number 657694
Died 22 March 1944
Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial
Age 22

David was born on 4 May 1921 in Holborn, London to Belgian Michael and French born Bertha Stripounsky and he had an older sister Germaine (Gertie). Their mother died in 1930 and David went to live with an aunt and uncle in Belgium where he was educated.

On 18 July 1943 he married Rose Pollack in Hackney and their daughter Barbara was born the following year.

David originally enlisted into the Army, Queen’s Royals West Surrey and then transferred to the RAF on 30 June 1941.

David was the wireless operator/air gunner on Lancaster JB731 which departed RAF Bourn on a night operation to Frankfurt. There was a non-operational RAF Station at Pulham St Mary in Norfolk which picked up a message after the aircraft had been airborne for two hours. It is thought that the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and ditched into the sea with the loss of all crew.
Pilot F/O William Patrick Moroney
F/E Sgt Frederick Thomas Coulter
Nav F/O Martin Jenkins
B/A F/Sgt Geoffrey Stuart Davies
W/Op Sgt David Dushman
M/UG F/Sgt John (Jack) Bell
R/G Sgt Cecil Albert Mills

David and Rose on their wedding day. Photo credit to Lisaky
Photo credit to Lisaky
David’s Army Record